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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LETTTIWTPGE DAILY TIER ALII Moiuiiiy, OHolM-r 21. ROMANCE ASSOCIATED WITH FIRST WINTER WHEAT IN PINCHER CREEK DISTRICT CAPTURED GOLD MEDAL AT CHICAGO T IIK answer to question tumgi-'-Jted by Iho above heudiim is much debated, so with a e.stabllshint; ihe fact heyoml dispute, U is well to examine suHi indispumhlt- Vvldence as t-xisis upon vhe subject. The chums of Pincher Creek to '.he distinction of having heen the birthplace of whest hiltivaife-i in Alberta lor at any rate in Southern Al- berta) teem well founded, and the following letter may be iinuted in support of ibis contention. This loiter to I-1. Forster, Pincher Creek, who 1ms ever raV-ii nn active interest in the agricultural development of this ilUtrk-i: Pificiier Creek, Aug. 31st. Dear !n accordance with n promise macje.to sonic time ago, I hereby give you 2 few fjcts concerning the inirpduetion by me of winter wheat into whr.t is now the province of Alberta. My only excuse for not writing sooner Is the busy time of the year. In the spring of 1SS3 I arrived in t.his country, bringing along with other things a few grains of wheat which I believe to have been Early Red ClEWson. I coweri (or planted) it in ths garden the same fall. Next spring it grew unti! ripened. While ripening 3 gopher destroyed most of "the crop, leaving but ten heads. These heads I threshed out, rubbing them in my hands, sowing the proceeds in the fall of 'S4. In the summer of '65 there was enough io sow about two ro.de. The next year, or in 18BG, i ,r] sewed seven-eights of an acre. It was then, or rather the next year, that Chas. Kettles got ati I had to spare. He sowed it in the field south of the town of Pinchsr Crtek. Since then I tost all control of the grain and it (4s grown by a number of farmers around this part of the province. If there is anything not understood in this short letter, perhaps I can 'explain it verbally. f. I have the honor to sign myself, Yours Truly, FRANCIS WILLOCK. Thy wriur of the above is old gentleman, still hale and hearty, living ptibont a mile from Pincher Creek, and tljo correctness of any statement he I make- will readily he accepted by thoee who hiive the privilege of him Mr. Wjlltick's letter was written in reply to enquiries ad- Mdressed to him upon the subject, and there would appear to be reasonable t ground for yupno.-uiy thai his experime-.it in wheat growing was the first its kind in the southern portion of wlmt is now Alberta. Whether any- Whiiigr of the kind had been attempted in the neighborhood of Calgary prior ifto is a guestRm upon it would be interesting to have some in- formation, j ONCE HOMESTEADER OWNS 7300 ACRES A REMARKABLE ADVANCEMENT lytAOE BY AN IOWA COUNTY MAN. IN SOUTH ALBERTA Chairman of Agri- cultural Forestry Section at the Congress W. R. DOBBIE'S OUTFIT CUTTING WHEAT ON THE HANSON STEWART RANCH, NEAR PINCHER CREEK, ALTA. In uouneciion viih Mr. Wtllock's experiment, it is related by Mr. Kettles Tvho carried it oiC thai the seed first, planted by .Mr. Willock came from u chance head of wheat hr-ing discovered in a waistcoat pocket, and that this ear hud been plucked hi Ontario, maybe years before it came .to be sown in the west. It soon became evident that Mr. Willock had been a pioneer In an in- dustry of tremendous possibilities, as by the year 1893, A. M. Morden was growing wheat on land that is now within the town limits, which was awarded (in conjunction with his exhibit of oats and barley) the gold medal si the Chicago World's Fair jn. competition open to all. The wheat exhib- ited by Mr, Morden was grown from the Willock the cultivation of which had been carried on in the meantime by Mr, Kettferj J: should be borne in mint! that'this, was going on live years before tlie ciime to the the Crow's Nest branch of'the 0. P. R; was oisiy put through in In conciilaiou, if. should lie interesting io quoto the wording .of the: diploma avv-jivi'.ed a long with the gold niedal to .Mr. Martian by the exposition i authorities. This rliulpimt .will be on exhibition during the Dry Parming'i this..month in the Pincher Creek District stall. The award it con" i taiius 'as follows: THE ITjVITKD STATES OF A.MERICA by act of their Congress, have authorized the World's Columbian Exposition Commission at the international exhibition, held in the city of Chicago. State of Illinois, i-u the year 1893, to decree a medal for specific merit which Is set forth over the nflniu of an individual acting SLA an examiner, upon the finding of a hoard of international judges, to A. M. .Morden, Canada, Pincher Creek. Alberta Territory: EXHIU1T: Outs. A very hard grain, pure, and of good color. .Sown April SiStU and harvested August 2u'ih. Viehl, 53Vi bushnlB per acre. Weight ]bs. per bushel. irrigation. Grown on fallow-ground. April 2iHh. harvested August 12th. Yield S.r> hir-thc-ls pf.-r EOl'p. Ins. per bushel. fine quuliiy. Sown Alay and harvested August. lOih Tit-Id 40 bushels per aero. Weight 54 per bushel. No irrigation, (Signed) JOKX T. Sec. World's Columbian Commission.' Coming to AiberU ft'Qtn Mar- shall county, nine years ago and taking homestead four miles from Claresholm and In 1912 the owner of a 7300 acre farm at Nobic is the story of Charles S. Noble one cf the j most successful in western Canada. Mr. Noble did not bring a of capital into Canada but he dfd bring In a qujet. persistence' and it wasn't long until re added faith in Southern and the ap- plication of scientific methods in farming. For ,1 number of years Mr. Noble lived In Clar- esholm in the rsrJ estate busi- ness, with Mr. T. C. MNnes, former mayor of that town. With the opening of the Alder- syde branch of the C. P. R. Mr. Noble decided to leave the town part of the work with his part- enr and moved out on the land so that every acre would be broken and every bushel of grain sown under his persona! supervision. He built a big ele- vator at the station named by the C. P. R. in his honor and around It has started the.neu- cleus of the coming important town, Mr. Noble built his home about a mile out from the vil- lage and commenced farming on a scale he never dreamed of in his old Iowa home. He ran the gamut of disappointments which are the experience of all new countries but it must be said to his credit, that even in the now historic dry year, when others had nothing, Mr. Noble had a fair crop. The reason is explained in few words. He prepared the land, conserved the moisture, and if there was, any crop to be grown .he was bound to have it. Mr. Noble is a sound convert to the Campbell theories and it [s a safe bet he will be found in the front Seat at at the 'CingrsEs where are to, be picked up. Tfi'U y'ear1" he cultivated 3000 acres and strange to relate it wasn't wheat. He had only eighty acres sown of wheat and in that he was trying out new ideas. He put in 2400 acres of flax and he had it all cut by September 14th. It threshed out an averags of twenty bush- els to the acre, quite a bit' of it going 25 bushels and at pre- vailing prices for flax it dees not take a savant to figure out what Mr. Noble is going to make on this year's operations. Over five hundrod acres were sown to oats and threshed out one hundred bushels to the acre. This is the story of a man who does not pretend to be above the ordinary. A more Pincher Creek Albert a Charles 0. Hates, United Slates For- est Assistant, Denver, Colorado, Clmlr- niaii oi' the section on Agricultural Forestry, had his first experience in I'orosiry at the Government Nursery u HiUsey, Nebraska, trees are rowu for the sandhill planting. He graduated from the forest school of I the University Oi' Nebraska -In 1907 Immediately received Civil Ser- vice iipuointmcnt in the Forest Ser-! vice. He has had the title of "Forest: Assistant" since iluit time. He was v detailed to the investigative work of Forest Service. :ind hail his (li'si in the South, where under I direct supervision of A. T. Boisen, a I study of the commercial hickories was A CONGRESS OF CONQUEST Palmer, North Dakota Agricultural College. By Prof. W. C. The Dry-Farming- C'o-igress is regarded by thousands today in the lisht of u congress of conquest, for dry-farming is adding some tnree billion of acres Io the world's productive area. Every nation desires' to t-ularge its territory and therefore is Interesting Haelf :n tins sreatt'si movement of ihe age. The old way WHS io drive out bill or cr.yiavu the inhabitants of a country, desired. The new way avoid.-; war. slaughter or ia a upticcfiil annexation to the productive nrena ot what has heretofore been dcpmcd cultivable. Altoglher. iHtCordiiijj iu Dr. .Inlui A. WldUioe, a recosnized auihorkv' on dry-farming, ihn consri-as has been instrumental' in reclaiming acres through Us methods of ronservatkw of soil molrt- ttiru mul modern tillage. rhaiiglnp, from waste ;o cultivated Holds liom namsnesij to homey. Most any nation will be willinr to spead its money and deeply him deln, an well paurKlrtt its best, blood, for HH proportionaie part or such a princely domain' AJ.-n ami women of thought, who have aimed' to aver: wai-lara and io sh'jw Uu-ir philanthropic spirit thronnu the organ- ization of ;ire today argiilitg ttmt if thV nations will sneml a squall fraction of the money they would devoir- to a of conquest or gain, to ihe work of this k be tli'j inoal prolitabh-. iiiveatmeni of the cnnturv. The piMtiiinire of sncli funds thai the message- of the Dry-Karnilnn Congrcas may be brought home, thai its uractliKs may bo iuirodncetl ovorv- on the filobo, tluil. it may forth dcmotuuratoTs to show the, urnuiilH ncc.riMiig to ami that insplrarion might put new life into tho tillers of the soil, might mean tin; peace of the world forever. The, acres considered unproductive because of too little run fa II r... iuuu, aim proper motluids of tilliiiK and erujipiiiK will as u rule bring abundant siicct-ss. The Dry-Farming Congn-ss has a mission to all. Its innix- ture us applied in Inimiil regions, also iipulicabli'- and they will ho of a-nd liuniuK hcnetit when- ir- I'iKaliou JH pi-aclicfid beciuii-e of the production through thorn ot1 an abundance without the prencuiL heavy application of ami with the furl her bencll! ot! iirodueis of a, far supei'lor nuality. unpretentious man could not be found. He had no weal: thy at his back. His success is due to the rich fer- tility of southern Ajfaerta soil and the investment of brains "into farrn'operations. Mr. Noble is ndt a man who goes to town to talk politics in front of the post office. He watches and di- rects the operations on his farm and his success has been the. means of attracting quite a rramber of'lowans to this fav- ored land. Hifi farm is about fifteen miles from Leth- bridge by tra.in and visitors can verify the statements by spending a day in a district where good farming is the rule.. made, resulting; in the publication, in 1910, of Bulletin SO of the Forest Ser- vice, under name. In 190S he had charge of a party iu the middle West, obtaining data on all phases of i the problems, of windbreak planting. j This study resulted in the publication Jin TOJi of the bulletin "Windbreaks Influence and by 3Ir. Hates, and gave the author a fine op-! [KJiiunity to study farm and forest conditions in Minnesota, and Oklahoma. Immediately upon the completion of this ''work he was as- j signed t-n charge of the forest investi- j gallons under the new district organ- j ization in District with headquart- ers at Denver. He held this poaition j since March, the ter- i ritory of Wyoming. Colorado, West- ern Kansas. Nebraska and South Da- kota. He has specialized in problems connected with the reforestation of the mountains, the: plains and the Kansas and Nebraska sandhills, and! has had many other problems to study in the management of the Na- tional Forests. He now 1ms super- visory control of two Forest Experi- ment Stations in tho f'olorado moiin- tains, where forest problems are stud- J ied first hand. Hello! Say! Have You Seen the Pincher Creek Display? Have you seen what Pincher Creek can produce in the way of Spring and Fall Wheat, Oats, Bar- ley, Flax, Timothy Hay, Alfalfa, Clover Roots, Vegetables arid Small Fruits Just Think for a Moment, All of These Are Grown Without Irrigation I have thousands of acres of the same land which produced these goods, for sale at reasonable prices and good terms, that I will be pleased to show you you will give me an opportunity. W. Harwood, ,Alta. HOG RAISING PAYS miles from Lethbridge, I south of and not far I from .Milk Itiver is situated [raising on a large s (he breeding of n area of "tliOO acres owned by who is carrying on hog- HCulo, togetlicr with horses antl cattle. Four yea rd ago 3Ir. rage star ted. with live -sows, today he has a herd of four hundred, and has up to the pres- ent of between 9.4000. and of pork, j Of the 'i.'jOO acres, acres are Tanned; acres are under cultiva- tion for fcedinj.; purposes and this wiiryk'iii from SHOD bushels to bushels of barley and wheat. Al- falfa.is also cultivated and hoss are turned in lor summer feed. "It ia" says Mr. I'a go "ihe heat mixed-fann- ing country ever seen or heard of for horscti and rattle especially, to nay Clothing of hogs. It is my in- tention to turn out 1000 head of pork next year and I aiti confident of doing this. K.ingfj eaUle for export pur- poses fatten tut io exnort conditions and compare favorably with corn fed cattle in the Slates." FARMING IS PROFITABLE RECORD OF CLARESHOLM FAR, MER SINCE HE CAME TO THE COUNTRY PROVES IT FARMERS PAID FOR LAND WITH A SEASON'S CROP M "I Mr. I has about 500 head of cat- tie and 100 1m' ed w.-II in the opc'i ail the time, and only one wt-el; in ihc winter was their need for Eight running snrinus water all Ihe year round, and. wlih Ihfi exception of the week mentioned, ihoro was ulwayu "pen graxlng, the chinooks speedily cmmlng the diiow to dtaappcur. CBRTAINLY consider Sonih- eru Alberta superior to North Dakota for farmitig" snid J. 0. White of Claresholm when interviewed by a Herald reporter. Mr. eame from Nelson County, North Dakota eight years ago and set- tled on the first, half section north of Claresholm. He is noted as a man who always gets a crop and has the particularly plea-sing reputation of I'.nltivating his land with rigid care- fulness. He has a standing rule, one third mmnner fallow two third crop, and invariably makes good. He was a, careful farmer in North Dakota and in a position to fairly sjze up both countries. He doesn't knock North Ualtota. He yimply boos is South Al- berta. Mi1. White has gone- out of winter wheat. He finds that year in and year out spring wheat pays the best. He 13 not keeping much stock for the lack of range but believes in dairy cattle as money makers. .Mr. stands by summer fallow as a crop producer and thin year thresh- ed over. bus. of wheat to the acre off his well prepared laijl. As if by wuy of contrast the yield on tho spring plotted land much light- er but of course was due to the lack of rain in Jutit-J In 1911 Mr. hsiH :i rtivii. nn 1.1-j Unit' section than some men got off a section. It wasn't difo to a differ- ence in the noil. It all due to Vvfjlc Is muKiug money. Any man it. in South- ern Alberta and oil iLjuilf section and if they want, a fewlUps .Mr, While is ready to give thojn. lit; has now for his wheat both thre-.mcd and HLunding and is itii cxarnjilc of the farmer who wins olfl- by hard work and Inti'lllgo'.it methods. EN from nearly every walk of life are to be found among the successful farmers of Al- berla, but it ia not often that one finds a lawyer who has deserted the legal profession to foIJow the ad- vice, "Back to the Soil." Yet that is what L. H. .felliff .did, and be baa never regretted the day he made the Mr. Jelliff :H one of the most enter- prising and successful farmers in the Spring Coulee district, about forty miles south west of Lethbridge. He ia so closely identified with the farming industry of Miin province that one coulti hardly believe that he had not always been connected with it. Still, it is only ten years since he left the untangling of leiral puzzles to someone else, and took un farnii'jjj; in Sunny Southern Albevta as a vocation. "ihive 1 over rejrrettcrl it? once. I am satislied that it thfi worm" ami working on that baa s 1 have always tried to gut my land prepared early so that I could sow early, and take advantage of the growing season. For fanning scien- tifically then; is no country in the world to beat, the Canadian West. >My crop this year bus been an exceed- II ripened early and ill in 'Stook before the iiiffly yood one. was practically frost came. 'Tor a country where a man wishes to farm properly and stay at it 1 think an'much money can bo made in .Western Canada us anywhere." Mr. Jelllff VA a dry farmer. He be- lieves hi tho principles of Dry-Farming although he holds that in practice they must be carried io suit local con- ditions. However he is sure that if any farmer studies the principles ami ap- plies them intelligently he will bo rewarded For his pains, and his success as a farmer will he assured. N'ol as the best advice 1 ever took in my life." Mr. Jelliff is one of the large farm- ers of the district, that is, he farms on a large scale. !fe owns four sect- ions of 2560 acres in all, of which he farms 1920. Looking after a UOOU-acre farm, ho Hilda, requires just about the same amount of ability as holding down -a chair in a. law oflico. And il is a little closer to nature, that counts. "I camo to Southern Alberta about ten years ago. but liuvo only been actively engaged in farming for the past seven years" said the Spring Coulfo farmer when asked .to give his experience in fanning in the Canadian "I consider that I have been fuliO aticwnimti iinii huve j my holdings from time- to time till now f own four sections three of which are improved. I have never had what might really be called a crop failure I ttiiicft 1 camo to the country, till i IOUO we had phenomenal crops, and j during that time I have seen farmers! pay for their land with one crop. During the piiyt couple of years there have boon rovursc.s, bii.t they have not affected me much, motto lias al- ways been I hut "tin: early bird catches I Specialize in From a Quarter Section to City Property r. insurance Room 116 Sherlock Blk. Lethbridge, Alta' ;